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Reception – Hedgehog

Welcome to Reception, where we have two classes of 30 children.

The unit is split into different areas to allow the children to participate in a wide range of activities across the seven areas of learning.

The children have opportunities to learn both in the classroom and outside in our well equipped Foundation Stage garden.

  • In Numeracy we cover counting and comparing numbers, learning names and properties of 2d and 3d shapes, money, position and direction, days of the week, weight and capacity.
  • We follow the letters and sounds approach for phonics and use Oxford Reading Tree Scheme for Reading.
  • Music – We sing Nursery Rhymes and investigate rhythmic patterns and moving to a steady beat.
  • Art – Our art work will involve activities which encourage the children to explore texture and pattern.

Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like more information about the curriculum.

  • Castle Life

    This week we have started our new theme “A Long Time Ago”. We have been learning about “Castle Life” including who lived in a castle and the different parts of a castle. We have worked collaboratively to create a themed display as well as a role play area where we can act out having a banquet. 

  • Practising our Christmas play

    This week the children have been busy practising the Christmas play. They are becoming increasingly confident when singing the songs and saying their lines.  Thank you for all your support with this.  We look forward to sharing the play with you. 


  • Such a busy week!

    At the beginning of the week, we were learning about Diwali. We discussed the story of Rama and Sita and what is involved in Diwali celebrations such as Diva lights and Rangoli patterns. 

    Towards the end of the week, we were learning about the history of Remembrance Day.  We produced some lovely artwork linked to the theme of Poppies and took part in a 2 minute silence. 

  • Fireworks Night

    This week we have been learning about fireworks night.  We shared the story of Guy Fawkes and the Houses of Parliament. We discussed the words we could use to describe the noises that the fireworks make and practised using our phonics to read and write them.  We also enjoyed playing in our themed role play area. 

  • The Jolly Postman

    This week we have been learning about the role of the postal worker.  We shared the story ‘The Jolly Postman’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Linked to this we changed our role play area into a post office. We also went on a local walk to post some letters.  In Maths, we have been exploring weight. 

    We have had a great first half-term in Reception.  Thank you for all your ongoing support.  Have a safe and restful break and we look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 2nd November. 

  • People who help us

    This week we have been thinking about people who help us at school.  We interviewed our school librarian Mrs Parr and found out how (and why) she became a school librarian.  We also looked at photos of the school from a long time ago and discussed the changes. 

  • “Bee and Me”

    Having read our focused book “Bee and Me” we worked collaboratively in Reception to create our Harvest themed display. We are very proud of our work!

  • Owl Babies

    This week in Literacy our focused book has been the ‘Owl Babies.’  We have been learning how to use a storymap to retell the story and use our phonics knowledge to write a speech bubble. 

    In Maths, we have been working on our subitising skills by playing dominoes, dice games and mark making with Numicon. 

  • Blog Art

    This week for art we have been using the paint sticks to create our own Todd Parr style
    illustrations. We noticed on the front cover of ‘The Feelings Book’ that bold colours had been
    used against brightly coloured backgrounds. We also discussed the different feelings that
    were represented. Some of our work is now on display in the school hall.